With the prospect of No. 3 QB Jacoby Brissett having J.J. Watt in his face, the New England Patriots are home underdogs for the first time in two seasons ahead of their matchup against the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football.
Week 3 in the NFL commences with the Texans listed as 2.5-point betting favorites against the Patriots with a total of 41 points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Texans are 0-6 against the spread in their last six Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six against the Patriots, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
New England, which has lost primary Tom Brady understudy Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) for at least this week, is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games as home underdogs.
With Broncos OLB DeMarcus Ware out with a forearm fracture, the betting matchup in the Denver Broncos-Cincinnati Bengals game is up in the air. The Broncos are 5-1 straight-up in their last six games vs. Cincinnati. The Bengals are on a 4-0 SU run when coming off a loss, and opened as a 3.5-point favorite for the game.
The host Kansas City Chiefs are favored by three points, with a total of 43.5, against the New York Jets. The visiting team has lost the last five games in this matchup. The Chiefs are 11-0 SU in their last 11 games as a favorite. The Jets are 5-0-2 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog.
The New York Giants are 4.5-point favorites, with a total of 46.5, against the Washington Redskins. Washington is 0-4 ATS in its last four games against teams with winning records. The Giants are 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 games with a closing total of 47.0 or less.
The Carolina Panthers are favored by 7.5 points, with a total of 43, against the Minnesota Vikings, who have lost star RB Adrian Peterson indefinitely with a torn meniscus. The Panthers are 14-0 SU in their last 14 home games. The Vikings are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games after a win.
The winless Indianapolis Colts are 2.5-point favorites against the San Diego Chargers with a total of 51.5. The Chargers have a 7-0 ATS streak as a road underdog. The Colts are 6-16 SU in their last 22 games after consecutive losses.
The Dallas Cowboys are 4.5-point favorites against the Chicago Bears with a total of 45.5. The Bears are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games. The Cowboys are 2-10-2 ATS in their last 14 home games.
The New Orleans Saints are three-point favorites against the Atlanta Falcons, with a total of 53.5. The Falcons are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games against the Saints. The Saints are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against their division.